He is sufficient. And wise. And good. And beautiful.
Romans 5: 1-11
J.B. Phillips New Testament
5 1-2 Since then it is by faith that we are justified, let us grasp the fact that we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have confidently entered into this new relationship of grace, and here we take our stand, in happy certainty of the glorious things he has for us in the future.
3-5 This doesn’t mean, of course, that we have only a hope of future joys—we can be full of joy here and now even in our trials and troubles. Taken in the right spirit these very things will give us patient endurance; this in turn will develop a mature character, and a character of this sort produces a steady hope, a hope that will never disappoint us. Already we have some experience of the love of God flooding through our hearts by the Holy Spirit given to us.
6-8 And we can see that it was while we were powerless to help ourselves that Christ died for sinful men. In human experience it is a rare thing for one man to give his life for another, even if the latter be a good man, though there have been a few who have had the courage to do it. Yet the proof of God’s amazing love is this: that it was while we were sinners that Christ died for us.
9-11 Moreover, if he did that for us while we were sinners, now that we are men justified by the shedding of his blood, what reason have we to fear the wrath of God? If, while we were his enemies, Christ reconciled us to God by dying for us, surely now that we are reconciled we may be perfectly certain of our salvation through his living in us. Nor, I am sure, is this a matter of bare salvation—we may hold our heads high in the light of God’s love because of the reconciliation which Christ has made.
May the gift of the resurrection of Jesus Christ fill your heart with joy this day!
His sublime yes and His divine no are always saturated with His love. Always.
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
We won’t feel the need to cling to a moment in heaven as we do here, for every moment will be immersed in His glorious Presence.
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Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning.
On a very dark evening just after dusk in the spring or right before dawn in the fall, a pyramidal glow of light can be seen on the horizon. It is often mistaken for the sunset or the soft glow of a large city.
But if you could look closely you would see a variety of dust particles in the plane of our planets that are “reflecting” the light from the Sun.
Another similar phenomena is called Gegenschein, German for counter shine. To see this glow you have to be in almost perfect darkness, a small circular glow will reflect directly opposite from where the Sun is on the other side. Sometimes the two will merge creating a light bridge.
According to Wikipedia:
The amount of material needed to produce the observed zodiacal light is quite small. If it were in the form of 1 mm particles, each with the same albedo (reflecting power) as Earth’s moon, each particle would be 8 km from its neighbors. The gegenschein may be because particles directly opposite the sun as seen from Earth would be in full phase.
Only in the dark can you appreciate the glow created from a 1mm dust particle.
And all together combined, the dust particles put off a sweet amount of light.
As the body of Christ, what gentle glow may we emit when we are walking in obedience to Jesus Christ’s teachings? What sweet aroma follows us as we love our enemies, as we count it all joy when we face various trials, when we worship our Maker?
It was part of that glow that first drew me to Christ, like a moth to the flame. That irresistible, inner pull to Someone just outside my ken. Different gentle and difficult, awkward and compassionate moments in my life where one of His followers emitted a beam that could only be discerned through the grace of the Holy Spirit. Often, I would slam the door back shut in His face, and yet He persisted. As a dutiful lover He did not let me go.
And it strikes me, that no one would think to compare the counter shine of a small particle of dust to the full radiance of the Sun, yet, time and again, I have looked to other dust, when I should have been only looking to Him.
Isaiah 42: 5-9
5 This is what God the Lord says—
the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out,
who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it,
who gives breath to its people,
and life to those who walk on it:
6 “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people
and a light for the Gentiles,
7 to open eyes that are blind,
to free captives from prison
and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
8 “I am the Lord; that is my name!
I will not yield my glory to another
or my praise to idols.
9 See, the former things have taken place,
and new things I declare;
before they spring into being
I announce them to you.”
On reflection, (smile), I’m going to keep my eyes on Him, would someone please hand me my shades?
His love is better than anything.
Ephesians 3: 14-21 (NIV)
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen